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Milagro is a 2006 Catalina 42 MkII, hull #930 built in Woodland Hills, CA in August 2005 by Catalina Yachts.
We chose her because Michael thought her suitable for the type of sailing we expected to do and would be easily handled. And, maybe even mostly, because Judy fell in love with the cabin and the overall layout below.
Layed out with a Pullman cabin forward and a double quarterberth cabin aft, we modified the aft cabin into two single berths. This change greatly improved storage while providing for a secure and comfortable sea berth. There are two heads and a separate shower. We have also added or improved storage throughout the boat because (apparently) we don’t travel light.
The C-42 was designed as a limited production ocean racer by the Nelson Merek design group, San Diego, CA. Catalina Yachts purchased the design and began production in 1988, building 100 of them in the first year. Evolutionary changes were introduced over the years, mostly to improve storage and livability; however the cockpit and transom received a makeover in 1995 leading Catalina to remark it as the Mark II. Throughout production the hull remained unchanged below the waterline so performance was not affected. Production was discontinued in 2011 after more than 1,020 had been built.
According to the Catalina 42 Owners Association Catalina 42’s can be found in 37 of the 50 US states, 6 of the 10 Canadian provinces, 5 of the 6 states in Australia and in more than 18 other countries. Catalina Yachts Cruisers Hall of Fame inductees have usually logged at least one circumnavigation aboard their boats and, at one time, there were more C-42’s in their number than any other model and the C-42 may still have the greatest number of sea miles logged by Catalina boats.
The Angle of Vanishing Stability (AVS) is a highly regarded reference to determine a boats suitability for safe blue water cruising and a minimum AVS of 120 is the widely accepted standard. The factory calculated AVS is 114.3 (probably a basic boat with no stores or personal effects?) while U.S. Sailings calculator determines a value ranging from 125 to 130 depending on variable assumptions regarding weight. The ORR actual measured AVS for a C-42 participating in the 2005 Transpac was 126.
Many C-42’s have participated in organized blue water events from the tragic Sydney-Hobart race of 1998 to recent California to Hawaii Transpac races. An exceptionally strong storm struck the 1998 Sydney-Hobart race resulting in 5 boats lost and 6 persons killed. Only 44 of 115 entries even completed the race one of them being Sea G, C-42 hull #579 finishing 8th overall. Gerry Douglas, Chief Design Engineer for Catalina Yachts, has owned one as his personal boat for many years.
Photos of Milagro follow the specifications so don’t quit yet, keep on scrolling.
Length Overall 43’2”
Length of Hull 41’10”
Length of Waterline 36’0”
Draft (fin keel) 6’8”
Waterline to Masthead (approximate) 58’7”
Ballast (cast lead antimony) 8300 lbs
Displacement (approximate) 22,500 lbs
Engine Yanmar 4JH4E 53hp diesel
Propeller 18” Flex-o-Fold folding 3 blade
Theoretical Hull Speed 8 knots
Total Water Capacity 100 gallons
Water Production CruiseROwater Engine Driven Watermaker – 45 GPH (apx)
Fuel Tankage 63 gallons
Auxiliary Fuel 35 gallons Diesel/5 gallons Gasoline in SS Deck Racks
Main Cabin Headroom 6’8”
364 sq. ft. – Roller Furling Mainsail by Catalina Sails
457 sq. ft. – 110% Roller Furling 9 oz. Genoa by Island Planet Sails
723 sq. ft. – Removable Self Furling 2.5 oz. Code 0 by Island Planet Sails
Primary: 55 lb. Rocna on 300’ of 5/16” chain
Secondary: 44 lb. Bruce on 100’ of 5/16” chain + 250’ 5/8” nylon
Additonal: FX-23 Fortress on 20’ of 5/16” chain +250’ 5/8” nylon or 400’ nylon strap
45 lb Delta and 250’ 5/8” nylon
515 watts of Solar Panels
Honda 2200 Watt Portable Generator
140 Amp Engine Driven Alternator
560 Ah of LiFePo4 Batteries
Magnum 2000 Watt Inverter/100 Ah Battery Charger
10’6” Avon RIB
15 hp Yamaha 2-stroke Outboard
3.5 hp Tohatsu 4-stroke Outboard
Finally, you’ve made it to those photos I promised. Double click on an image to bring it up full sized: